Steak Knife Set Reviews

Although many of us enjoy eating with our hands now and then, quality cutlery is an important part of many meals. In my opinion, that cannot be truer than when serving steak. A properly-cooked steak will have a succulent texture. It should not be so tough that you must saw into it with the strength of a linebacker. At the same time, it should not be so soft that it falls apart on your plate. It should moist, well-marinated, and cooked to your preference. Still, eating it with any sort of manners will require a steak knife.

In this section, we will review some of the top-selling steak knives currently available for sale online. I will also pick my favorite top three steak knife sets and give you a little extra information about each of those. We will discuss the materials from which they’ve been constructed, their quality, what actual consumers have had to say about using them, and their appearances. While I have focused mostly on use and quality when reviewing other types of knives on this website, I will take a little extra time to discuss the appearance of each of these sets of steak knives. These are, of course, one of the few knives which will grace many tabletops during meals. These are the ones your guests will see, hold and use when they visit your home for a meal.

If you are curious to learn more about steak knives, feel free to check our Buying Guide as well as our Use and Care article.

Top Three Choices

Although I have included a brief overview of many other popular steak knife sets, I decided that it would be best to include a list of what I believe are the top three steak knife sets on today’s popular market. To make these selections, I researched many steak knives, comparing their quality and their appearance.

Best in Class

Dalstrong Gladiator Series Steak Knives Set

The Dalstrong Gladiator Series Steak Knives Set earned itself the top position on this list for numerous reasons. You may be surprised to see that I have given this top spot to knives with wooden handles, but these are not quite your typical wooden handles. Also, the many other wonderful features of these knives make up for the tiny inconvenience this wood could create.

These knives are more than simply full tang blades with wooden handles; they are one continuous piece of forged high-carbon steel with a thick handle of its own. The Pakkawood accents on the handle are riveted onto the steel, as opposed to the steel being riveted inside the wood as is seen in many other knives.

Topping off all of the wonderful features of these knives is their incredible beauty. There is no doubt in my mind that these knives could easily grace the most elegant of tabletops.

Best Value

Equinox 4-Piece Steak Knife Set

This set of Equinox knives is a great value when it isn’t on sale. Still, it appears to go on sale for half of its regular price, on occasion, making it even more desirable. This set features double-riveted full tang blades fitted into Pakkawood handles for both strength and balance. Although the handles must be hand washed and never submerged in water, they are strikingly beautiful.

The small serrations on these blades may become dull over time, but will last much longer than a straight-edge knife without needing to be sharpened. The pointed tips of these blades do not make them ideal for teaching children how to use knives, but that does not appear to have changed the positive perception of these knives among actual consumers.

Best Stainless Steel

J. A. Henckels International 8-Piece Steak Knife Set

Some people prefer stainless steel to high-carbon steel. This may be because stainless steel is more convenient. Perhaps it is because they are simply more familiar with stainless steel. Either way, I thought it was important to include a spot specifically for a set of stainless steel knives in this top three list for those people, because I knew that a stainless steel set would not make it onto this list any other way.

These sturdy, triple-riveted, full tang knives are built to withstand the pressure of the strongest individuals and the toughest steaks. Of course, most people do not enjoy an extremely tough steak, but this knowledge may be particularly welcome to those of you who enjoy a well-cooked piece of meat. The wide serrations on this blade will stay sharp much longer than any straight-edge blade and will not break off like some small serrated teeth.

Although the stainless steel used for these blades is not as strong as the high carbon steel used for many other knives and will not stay sharp as long or sharpen as easily high-carbon steel, it will stand up to water without rusting or turning color. Though it is always recommended that you hand wash knives, the stainless steel blades and plastic handles included on this set make the entire set dishwasher safe. Convenience and quality have overridden style in this particular case. These may not be the most beautiful knives to ever grace your tabletop, but they will get the job done and allow for a quick and easy clean-up.

I also feel that it is extremely important to point out that actual consumers appear to be very happy with these knives. This is especially impressive considering that they are made of stainless steel and are so budget-friendly.

Honorable Mentions

Of course, I have my favorites. That does not, however, mean that they will be your favorites. In case you are looking for something a little different than those knives I have included in the Top Three list, I have included a group of honorable mentions as well. The following is a list of other popular steak knives. This particular list has been written in no specific order.

Zwilling J. A. Henckels Twin Gourmet High-Carbon

This set of four steak knives is reasonably priced for what it offers. This is not, by any means, the most expensive set of steak knives I have seen. Though, you should be aware that, although its price may appear to be rather budget-friendly, this a small set. If you plan to entertain any more than four people, the price of these knives will quickly increase as you find yourself needing to buy multiple sets.

Synthetic handles mean that you can submerge these knives without a single worry of wood rot or bacteria forming in their handles. I would not, however, recommend the use of a dishwasher, since the blades of these knives are made from high-carbon steel. The full tang blade is held inside of the handle with three strong rivets, making this a very sturdy knife.

I am often put off by steak knives with straight-edge blades, since steak knives receive such frequent use in my home and straight-edge blades dull down very quickly when used on ceramic and glass plates. However, unlike cheaper stainless steel straight-edge knives, these should stay sharp enough for at least three to six months. After that, however, they will need to be sharpened. If you are not the type of person who is willing or able to put that sort of time or effort into keeping your steak knives sharp, you may want to try looking for something with a serrated blade.

Victorinox Straight-Edge Pointed-Tip Set

This set of six pointed-tip steak knives features beautifully-crafted rosewood handles designed to bring an extra touch of elegance to your dining room table. Unlike the wooden handles included on many budget-friendly steak knives, these do not look as though they belong in a low-end sports bar. Instead, these handles have been shaped with comfort in mind and lathered in a protective coating which not only makes cleaning easier but also makes it much more satisfying to hold them.

Made from a high-carbon form of stainless steel, these blades do not stay sharp quite as long as typical high-carbon blades but do sharpen much easier than typical stainless steel blades and are able to stay wet much longer without turning color. Still, I do not suggest placing these in the dishwasher, mostly on account of their rosewood handles.

Wooden handles can collect bacteria and can even rot from the inside out if submerged in water, since it is nearly impossible to dry them thoroughly. Though these particular handles have been coated with a water-resistant protective coating, they are not completely waterproof and I would, therefore, suggest washing them with a damp cloth instead of submerging them in water.

The pointed tips on these knives make it much easier to cut into and through meant in one simple sweep, but are not ideal for children learning to use knives at the dinner table. These blades are full tang and reach to the very bottom of the handle, providing extra support, strength, and a more balanced weight than half or quarter tang options.

Wusthof Gourmet 6-Piece Steak Knife Set

This 6-piece set of straight-edge steak knives features 4.5-inch blades that were stamped from high-carbon steel. Though they will remain sharp much longer than stainless straight-edge steak knives, they will still require regular sharpening, as straight edges dull more and more each time they make a pass across a ceramic or glass surface. Though it is still not recommended that you use a dishwasher for these knives, Wutshof added a stain-resistant alloy to their high-carbon steel so that it will not brown or spot as easily as many other high-carbon steel steak knives.

These full tang blades have been riveted into the handle with three, strong rivets making these knives sturdy and well-balanced. Unfortunately, though they are sturdy in the sense that the blade isn’t likely to come unattached from the handle, consumers have reported that the blades of these knives are rather flimsy. Applying too much pressure may cause the blades to bend or snap in half – a problem faced by many other punched-steel knives. That being said, if you have properly cooked your steak (or other type of meat) you should not need to place much pressure on your knife when cutting through it.

Fixwell Knives 12-Piece Deluxe Wood Handles

What would a list of top-selling steak knives be if it didn’t include one economy set? I felt that it was important to include this type of set to show you the vast difference between the extremely affordable yet cheaply constructed knives and the mid-priced and expensive yet quality-built knives.

If there were ever to be only one type of knife which people decided to cheap out on, it would most definitely be steak knives. I truly believe that such a mentality is the biggest reason that these particular kitchen knives are so popular.

These knives feature wooden handles which do not appear to have been treated to prevent bacteria growth or rot. Of course, both bacteria growth and rot are a concern with any wooden handle, but they are a much larger concern if the handle is, more or less, raw wood. These handles may have been stained, but do not appear to have been coated with anything to protect the wood and repel water.

The blades of these knives are not full tang and, therefore, do not provide balance or strength. Guests are likely to feel that these knives are difficult to fully control on account of their light weight. If you purchase them, you are likely to find that the blade and the handle will come apart rather quickly and fairly easily, when compared with more expensive options.

Wusthof Gourmet 7-Piece Set with Oak Block

As quality steak knives go, this Wusthof set is rather affordable. Of course, I have seen my share of twenty-dollar knife sets which come complete with a knife block. Rarely, though, do I see sets like this one for this kind of a price. I wasn’t able to give this one the “Best Value” position, simply because the other set outdid it in many ways, but, still, this set is impressive for its price.

Each of these six straight-edge knives has been laser cut from a large sheet of metal. This does not create the strength you may observe in a forged metal knife (pounded into shape), but it does create a much stronger knife than the steel-punching method used to create many other knives. It also makes for knives which are easier to sharpen.

Although an alloy was added to the high-carbon steel of these blades, they may still rust. Wusthof, therefore, suggests that you do not place them in the dishwasher. Although it is not suggested, dishwashing is an option since these handles are not made from wood. Although they seem to have a woodgrain, these handles are actually made from synthetic plastic-like materials which make them durable and not at risk of rotting or collecting bacteria.

The oak knife block included with this set gives you an excellent place to store your knives. Not only will you not have to worry about slicing your hand when reaching in to grab them from a drawer, these knives will stay sharp much longer than if they were stored loosely in a drawer.

Shun DMS400 Classic 4-Piece Set

This set of four straight-edge steak knives may become dull much faster than quality serrated blades. Similarly, these stainless steel blades will not stay sharp as long or sharpen as easily as high-carbon blades. Stamped out of thirty-three layers of stainless steel, these incredibly strong knives will stay rust-free for years to come.

I would like to point out how wonderful it is that stainless steel blades are dishwasher-friendly, but I must stop short of telling you that it would be okay to place these particular knives in the dishwasher. The wooden handles of these knives, like many others on this list, are not dishwasher-friendly; they should not even be submerged in water during handwashing because they may begin to rot and can hold bacteria. Instead, it is suggested that you hand wash these knives without submerging them.

The D-shaped handle of these knives means that you can grip them easily and with comfort. You will not, however, receive as strong a grip as is possible with knives whose handles have been formed with finger grooves.

Tyrellex Steak Knives with Pakkawood Handles

These aesthetically stunning knives feature dark Pakkawood handles with angled ends capped with stainless steel. If I were to assign the “Best in Class” award to the most beautiful set of knives, I think that this set would certainly take the place of the Dalstrong’s I put in the top spot. Beauty cannot be all that matters, however. In reviewing these knives, I had to turn off the part of me that was drawn to the appearance of these knives and really take a deeper look at how well they function.

Unfortunately, the wooden handles which make them so beautiful are also what will make them impossible to place in the dishwasher or to even soak in the sink. All wooden handles run the risk of rot and of housing bacteria and should, thus, be wiped with a damp cloth instead of submerged in water inside a dishwasher or a sink. Some knives with wooden handles, however, make up for this inconvenience with quality blades.

These knives do not have the quality of blades which I expect from anything which will grace a top three category on this webpage. Although consumers seem rather satisfied, I simply do not find these knives very impressive. The stainless steel blades may have been a plus in terms of convenience if the handles were also dishwasher-friendly, but since they are not, the stainless steel blades simply mean that these knives will not stay sharp as long or sharpen as easy as the high-carbon blades of many competing knife sets.

Best Of Luck

A set of steak knives is an important decision. It will not only impact how easily you will eat your meal – it will also impact the experience of your guests. The type and quality of knife you choose will impact how long they last, how comfortable they are to hold, how easy they are to maneuver, and how easy they are too clean. Sometimes, an advantage in one area creates a disadvantage in another. Remember to weigh all of your options carefully and to select your steak knives based on your needs.

I hope that this information has helped you in making your purchasing decision. At the very least, I hope that it has taught you a little more about steak knives.